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Qantas expects to more than double first half underlying profit before tax in 2015/16 first half

Qantas expects to more than double its underlying profit before tax in the first half of 2015/16 as the airline group benefits from lower fuel prices, its cost reduction program and improved revenue. The company has forecast underlying profit before tax, the airline’s preferred measure of financial performance, to be between $875 million and $925 million for the six months to December 31...

RAF A400M makes flying visit

A Royal Air Force Airbus A400M Atlas has made a flying visit to Australia. A400M ZM406 arrived in Cairns from Bander Seri Begawan on December 10 and then flew to Hobart via Sydney on December 12. On December 13 the A400M then departed Hobart for Darwin. The visit is believed to be the first to Australia by an RAF A400M, and the second A400M visit to Australia after a French air...

Incident: Jetstar A320 Enroute on Dec. 11, 2015, Hydraulic Failure

A Jetstar Airbus A320-200, registration VH-VFV performing flight JQ-127 from Adelaide, SA (Australia) to Denpasar Bali (Indonesia), was enroute at FL340 about 540nm northnorthwest of Adelaide,SA over central Australia when the crew decided to turn back to Adelaide due to the failure of one of the hydraulic systems. The aircraft descended to FL250 for the flight back and landed safely back in Adela...

ANA Star Wars 787 to touch down in Sydney on Saturday

Star Wars fans and aviation enthusiasts are in for a treat on the weekend, when ANA’s inaugural Tokyo (Haneda) – Sydney service touches down in the NSW capital. The Japanese flag carrier will fly its Star Wars-themed 787-9 Dreamliner for the first flight. NH879, which is due to touch down at 0935 local time Saturday morning. And should sleepyheads miss the landing or fail to...

SIA CEO steps down from Virgin Australia board

Singapore Airlines (SIA) chief executive Goh Choon Phong will step down as a Virgin Australia director on New Year’s Day. His replacement is SIA’s current alternate director on the board Marvin Tan, who is the Singapore-based carrier’s senior vice president for cabin crew, Virgin said in a statement on Thursday. No reason was given for the decision to step down. Goh was...

Passengers Removed from Flight After Plane Begins Leaking Fuel on Tarmac at Melbourne Airport

Passengers have been removed from a Virgin Australia flight at Melbourne Airport after a plane began leaking fuel. As the plane was preparing for departure, the fuel leak was spotted and fire trucks were called in as a precautionary measure. "The captain decided to return to the gate at Melbourne Airport in accordance with standard operating procedures after a minor fuel leak,"...

New RAAF pilot training contract signed

Formal contract arrangements have been signed between the federal government and Lockheed Martin Australia to provide and support the Australian Defence Force’s new pilot training system, after the company was named as the preferred tenderer the AIR-5428 project in September. Under the acquisition and services contracts, which are worth $1.2 billion, Lockheed Martin will deliver 49 Pilatu...

EMS contract extension for Australian Helicopters in SA

Australian Helicopters has been awarded a three-year contract extension to continue operating South Australia’s State Rescue Helicopter Service (SRHS) shared by the state’s ambulance, police and fire services. “Australian Helicopters has successfully delivered a reliable rescue helicopter operation for the South Australian community for over 10 years and we are extremely pleas...

Nominations open for 2016 Airspace awards

Nominations are open for the 2016 Aviation/Aerospace Australia leadership and excellence awards. There are six categories in the annual Airspace awards, comprising distinguished leadership, excellence in innovation, outstanding leadership in training, outstanding strategy for diversity, outstanding contribution to the aviation and aerospace sectors by a female and outstanding next generation pr...

Cobham grows unpaved operations

Cobham Aviation Services president Peter Nottage says the ability to serve remote mining centres with unpaved runways using jet aircraft provides its mining clients with a faster and more efficient service. The fly-in/fly-out and charter operator has five jet aircraft – three BAe 146s and two Avro RJ85s – that are dedicated to operating on unpaved airstrips, having been fitted with...

Jetstar expands Avalon network with new Adelaide and Hobart flights

Jetstar will add flights from Avalon to Hobart and Adelaide from March 2016 as part of its commitment to increase flying from Melbourne’s second airport. The low-cost carrier will fly four times a week to Hobart and three times a week to Adelaide from Avalon, Jetstar said on Tuesday. Starting new routes from Avalon, located to Melbourne’s west near Geelong, was a condition of the...

Rex signs contract for Esperance, Albany service

Regional Express (Rex) says it has signed contracts with the West Australian government to operate the Perth-Esperance and Perth-Albany routes. The airline, which was named as the prefered tenderer for the two government-regulated routes in November, will replace Virgin Australia Regional Airlines (VARA) on the two services. ”Rex has today entered into a Deed with the WA Departmen...